Full-Time MBA

MBA/Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies

Since its founding more than a century ago, the University of Chicago has been a leader in Middle Eastern scholarship through its renowned Oriental Institute and other programs of study.

The joint MBA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies draws on this great tradition and allows students to pursue coursework through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) to develop a comprehensive understanding of the history, culture, politics, and languages of the region as a complement to their MBA education.

Students take courses in a modern area language and have the opportunity to pursue their interests in such subjects as the ethnology or history of the region. Through this joint-degree program, students will further their understanding of the important political, cultural, and economic dynamics affecting this region.

Program Structure

This program requires the successful completion of an integrated master’s thesis and non-credited thesis writing courses, 1,300 units of CMES-only course credit, and 1,400 units of Booth-only course credit (+LEAD). This program is completed in three years.


Tuition is assessed on a per-course basis at the Chicago Booth rate for all courses for both degrees.

Courses For Booth

Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD)

This course is required of all Full-Time students and is completed during the Fall Quarter of their first year of residency in the program. The course is designed to enhance students’ self-awareness and interpersonal effectiveness by providing them with an opportunity to benchmark themselves with respect to critical aspects of leadership—working in teams, influencing others, conflict management, interpersonal communication, presentation skills, etc. The course also helps students create a personalized plan to guide their continued development at Booth and beyond.

Financial Accounting (select one)

Basic Courses: Financial Accounting

Advanced Alternatives: Accounting & Financial Analysis I; Accounting & Financial Analysis II; Financial Statement Analysis

Microeconomics (select one)

Basic Courses: Microeconomics, Advanced Microeconomic Analysis, Accelerated Microeconomics

Advanced Alternatives: Topics in Microeconomics Theory

Statistics (select one)

Basic Courses: Business Statistics, Applied Regression Analysis

Advanced Alternatives: Analysis of Financial Time Series; Financial Econometrics; Statistical Insight into Marketing, Consulting, and Entrepreneurship; Data Mining; or any PhD-level statistics

Additional Coursework

600 (of 700) Functions, Management, and Business Environment

500 Electives

Courses for CMES

For detailed information regarding CMES’s curriculum, please visit the program’s website or contact CMES.

Admissions Process

Individuals interested in this joint-degree program need to apply to Chicago Booth during Round 1 or Round 2. There is an additional essay that you will be required to write at that time. We will review your application and then send it to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) for review. You will find out if you received admission to Chicago Booth at the admissions decision deadline of whichever round you apply. Please note that you will find out if you have been admitted to the MA in Middle Eastern Studies program at the Round 2 admissions decision deadline even if you applied for the joint program during Round 1. Admissions decisions are made completely independent of one another. If you have specific questions regarding the MA in Middle Eastern Studies program, please reach out to CMES.

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